The time, effort, and preparation that goes into moving can be overwhelming. Sometimes the list of tasks is so long that moving families forget to anticipate caring for their pets during the move. With the help of your local moving company, you can get the major moving tasks in order, allowing you to invest the necessary time in helping your pets have a smooth and easy transition.
Here are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that your pets are ready for moving day:
Pets have the incredible ability to sense when things are changing in your home. The activity and stress of moving can leave them feeling unsettled. A Seattle moving company can even provide you with moving, packing, and storage services to help reduce your workload and leave you free to focus on your pets.
1. Update Tag
Old collars can get stretched and frayed over time. The last thing you want is for your pet to slip out of their collar while you’re at a rest stop or loading up the vans, so buy them a new collar that they can wear and get comfortable with.
Also, be sure to update their collar’s tag with any new contact info. Be sure the information is clearly visible. Also include your new home phone number.
2. Get Vet Records
Make an appointment with your old veterinarian’s office and request your pet’s health records. These records can help you new veterinarian to provide better care for your pet. While you’re there, see if your pets are up to date on their shots, health certificates, and prescriptions. If your pet is susceptible to motion sickness, ask about sedatives to help eliminate the symptoms.
3. Take Time Packing (and Planning)
Avoid frantic, last minute packing for your pets! This will stress both of you out. Gradually pack unnecessary toys or belongings days before the move, and collect their feeding bowls, bed, and favorite toys on the day of the move. If you’re making a long-distance move, you want to be sure that all the airlines and hotels you’ve booked are pet-friendly.
During the Move
It is usually best if your pets are not onsite while the moving truck is being loaded. Keeping your dogs out from under foot can be difficult, and cats have a knack for hiding themselves in your boxes. Our team at On The Go is dedicated to providing safe and efficient moving services so that you can start on the road to your new home as soon as possible.
1. Meds and First Aid
Beyond their necessary food, toys, and crate, be sure you also have your pet’s medications and a first-aid kit on hand, particularly if if your pet is susceptible to motion sickness. The last thing you want is for your car to smell like a sick dog or cat.
2. Keep in Crate
Unless you’re taking a short walk or letting them out for a rest stop, it’s best to keep your pets inside their crate. Even if they seem mellow and calm, it is both safer and simpler if they stay in their crates. With the drastic change of a move, it doesn’t take much to spook your cat into bolting.
3. Regular Rest Stops
We all need them, and so do your pets. Take regular rest stops to let your pets relieve themselves and stretch their legs. Be sure to keep them on a leash. You might consider bringing along some extra blankets or newspaper for your pet’s crates, should anything unpleasant happen.
Finally, you’ve arrived at your final destination and new home. Your Seattle moving company has helped to unload your belongings, and now it’s time to start getting settled. While there are a number of essential steps for when you first start unpacking, your pets need attention as well.
1. Find New Clinic
It is important to know the location of your new clinic, should there be any emergencies. If you’re not sure where to go, you might be able to get recommendations from your previous vet. Also consider taking your pet in for a post-travel checkup to be sure they are doing well.
2. Start New Routine
Ideally, your pet’s routine of eating, walking, sleeping, and playing should not have changed too drastically from your old lifestyle. Cats and dogs do best when they can fall into some kind of routine, whether old or new. Try and set up a regular schedule for all these activities and stick to it so that your pets can start feeling at home.
3. Lay Out Essentials
After you arrive at your new home, have the pet’s bed, food, and water laid out in a particular space or room. Introduce your pets to their new home one room at a time instead of all at once. They can easily become overwhelmed by all that is new. Have their toys and beds in a particular room so that they can gradually acclimate to their new environment.
Seattle Moving Company
Many homeowners find it difficult to provide the necessary care for their family and pets because they are so overwhelmed by their moving preparations. An early start on your moving tasks and enlisting the assistance of a local moving company can make your move far more manageable and relaxing.
At On The Go Moving, we offer moving, storage, and packing services to moving families throughout Seattle. Our top priority is to help you and your family, including your pets, make an efficient and smooth transition from your old house to your new home.